Can Lakeland"s 10 wonder cream Bio-mex really clean your whole house?


Can one 10 wonder cream really clean your whole house We put Lakeland's Bio-mex to the test against other popular all-purpose cleaners…

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21:55 GMT, 22 August 2012


Lakeland claims to have come up with a 9.99 chemical-free wonder cleaner, Bio-mex, which can tackle every household job. Too good to be true TESSA CUNNINGHAM put it to the test against other popular all-purpose cleaners . . .

THE GRIMY BATHTUB

My old enamel bathtub has unsightly limescale marks which I’ve found impossible to shift with other products.

Scrub up: Tessa Cunningham cleaned her enamel bathtub and found Astonish was the best at removing stains

Scrub up: Tessa Cunningham cleaned her enamel bathtub and found Astonish was the best at removing stains

BIO-MEX: Ease of use: 2/10. Result: 0/10

As directed, I moisten the sponge which comes with the product, wipe it on the Bio-Mex, then attack my marks, squeezing to produce a foam. I rub vigorously for a few minutes before rinsing the foam off with a clean cloth. Surely I’ve shifted the marks Disappointingly there’s no difference.

CIF: Ease of use: 10/10. Result: 0/10

Promises to remove everyday dirt in the bathroom and kitchen. Following the instructions, I spray and allow the product to act for a few seconds. When I wipe away, there is no difference. The marks are as bad as ever.

CILLIT BANG: Ease of use: 10/10. Result: 0/10

The ‘power cleaner’ is designed to remove smears and grease around the house. It doesn’t specifically mention baths, but it’s worth a try. I spray directly onto the marks and then leave for 60 seconds. I wipe away — the marks are still there.

OZKLEEN: Ease of use: 8/10. Result: 3/10

Wonder cleaner Bio-mex cleaner from Lakeland

Wonder cleaner Bio-mex cleaner from Lakeland

This all-purpose cleaner claims to remove limescale and watermarks. Let’s see. As my bath is enamel, I have to dilute 20:1. I decant a small amount, add the required amount of water and use a cloth to scrub the marks. When I wipe off, the marks have faded slightly.

W5: Ease of use: 8/10. Result: 0/10

This claims to remove stubborn stains. I apply undiluted to a sponge, scrub, then wipe clean before rinsing thoroughly. My stains are obviously too stubborn. They are still there.

ASTONISH: Ease of use: 2/10. Result: 9/10

Made in Britain and environmentally friendly, Astonish claims to be one of the most versatile cleaners on the market. I dampen a cloth, scoop out a blob of product and rub. It takes some effort but, as I scrub, the marks vanish and the bath looks almost as good as new. I’m thrilled.

FLASH: Ease of use: 10/10. Result: 0/10

The all-purpose cleaner promises I’ll never again need any other cleaner — bold promise. As directed, I spray onto the marks, wipe with a cloth and hold my breath. The marks are still there.

STAINED OLD SAUCEPAN

The inside of my pan has several dark brown stains from burnt-on cooking oil.

Astonishing result: The 2 product was again the best for getting cooking stains off a pan

Astonishing result: The 2 product was again the best for getting cooking stains off a pan

BIO-MEX: Ease of use: 2/10. Result: 4/10

I scour away at the stains. It’s hard work, but they do shift a little.

CIF: Ease of use: 10/10. Result: 10/10

I spray a small amount into the pan, allow the ‘active fizzing technology’ to do its stuff and then rinse. The marks have vanished. Brilliant!

CILLIT BANG: Ease of use: 10/10. Result: 0/10

The degreaser claims to be perfect for pots and pans so my oily stains should be a piece of cake. Sadly, after cleaning, the marks are still there.

OZKLEEN: Ease of use: 10/10. Result: 0/10

The label shrieks out: ‘Shock! This product actually works’, but after cleaning, the marks are still there. True, the product doesn’t specifically mention pans but as it says it cuts grease, I’m disappointed.

W5: Ease of use: 8/10. Result: 0/10

I pour a small amount of this ‘universal solution’ onto a cloth and rub before rinsing thoroughly. There is absolutely no difference.

ASTONISH: Ease of use: 2/10. Result: 10/10

Claims to leave dishes spotless. Sounds perfect. Using a clean cloth, I make up a paste and rub the saucepan vigorously. Abracadabra, the mark shifts. It takes a lot of rubbing but it finally disappears altogether.

FLASH: Ease of use: 10/10. Result: 0/10

This promises to dissolve grease. I spray it on liberally until the marks are thoroughly covered, then start to wipe away. The marks haven’t shifted.

LIMESCALE ON THE SINK

My sink has seen better days. It’s got ugly watermarks and the shine has been dulled by a build-up of limescale over many years.

Tried and tested: But which product made Tessa's sink sparkle

Tried and tested: But which product made Tessa's sink sparkle

BIO-MEX: Ease of use: 2/10. Result: 2/10

I make up a foam and rub at the marks. But, although I keep redipping my sponge in the Bio-Mex to produce more foam and scrub repeatedly, the marks barely shift.

CIF: Ease of use: 10/10. Result: 0/10

As directed, I spray a liberal amount into the sink and wait a few seconds before wiping clean. But, despite Cif’s promise to produce perfectly shiny surfaces, there’s not a jot of difference.

CILLIT BANG: Ease of use: 10/10. Result: 0/10

Promises to remove limescale and watermarks, and claims to be perfect for stainless steel. Fighting words! Disappointingly, after cleaning, the marks are just as bad.

OZKLEEN: Ease of use: 10/10. Result: 7/10

Claims to be great on stainless steel and promises to remove limescale and watermarks. I’ve got high hopes. Afterwards, the marks are still visible, but have faded significantly. A few more attempts should do it.

W5: Ease of use: 0/10. Result: 0/10

Pouring a generous amount onto a cloth, I rub vigorously at the watermarks. There’s not a jot of difference.

ASTONISH: Ease of use: 0/10. Result: 10/10

It takes a lot of elbow grease but, as I work, I’m thrilled to see the marks beginning to lift. /08/22/article-2192245-14397135000005DC-917_634x381.jpg” width=”634″ height=”381″ alt=”Elbow grease: Flash and Cillit Bang worked well on the mud-covered floor tiles” class=”blkBorder” />

Elbow grease: Flash and Cillit Bang worked well on the mud-covered floor tiles

BIO-MEX: Ease of use: 2/10. Result: 5/10

I rub away at a few tiles before cleaning with a fresh cloth. They look cleaner but definitely don’t shine. And there’s no way I can tackle the entire floor — it would take all day.

CIF: Ease of use: 8/10. Result: 9/10

I spray lightly, leave for a few seconds then wipe with a dry cloth. The dirty marks have vanished and my tiles are shinier.

CILLIT BANG: Ease of use: 7/10. Result: 10/10

After a light spray, the tiles look cleaner. Following instructions, I wipe the area with a damp cloth before polishing with a dry cloth. It takes a bit of effort but the tiles sparkle.

OZKLEEN: Ease of use: 10/10. Result: 10/10

I squirt onto the tiles, leave for 60 seconds, then wipe off. The tiles come up a treat.

W5: Ease of use: 7/10. Result: 7/10

I dribble a small amount onto a cloth and rub the tiles. They are cleaner but they don’t shine.

ASTONISH: Ease of use: 0/10. Result: 5/10

With a great deal of effort, the ingrained dirt lifts. The tiles look cleaner but, despite my hard work, they don’t shine. And I need to clean several times with a damp cloth to remove the powdery residue from the paste. This method is hopeless for large areas.

FLASH: Ease of use: 10/10. Result: 10/10

One quick spray, one wipe and my tiles look instantly better. The dirt has vanished and there’s a definite sparkle.

GREASE-CAKED COOKER HOB

My cooker's ceramic hob has a build-up of grease and grime from a week’s worth of cooking.

Grime-busters: All the products scored 10/10 for cleaning grease off the cooker hob

Grime-busters: All the products scored 10/10 for cleaning grease off the cooker hob

BIO-MEX: Ease of use: 8/10. Result: 10/10

The foam works a treat. It takes less than a second and very light rubbing to remove every trace.

CIF: Ease of use: 10/10. Result: 10/10

I spray a light film, then wipe away. As I wipe, the stains lift instantly. Fantastic!

CILLIT BANG: Ease of use: 10/10. Result: 10/10

After spraying, I leave for 60 seconds, then wipe. The marks have gone. Great work.

OZKLEEN: Ease of use: 10/10. Result: 10/10

One quick squirt is all it takes to make my ceramic top look as good as new.

W5: Ease of use: 10/10. Result: 10/10

I pour a tiny amount on a cloth and gently wipe the surface. It’s like using a magic rubber – the marks disappear instantly.

ASTONISH: Ease of use: 8/10. Result: 10/10

Just a tiny amount of Astonish on a damp cloth, a light rub and the marks vanish.

FLASH: Ease of use: 10/10. Result: 10/10

It’s like a knife through butter. One light spray and the marks dissolve.

AND THE WINNER IS…

Champion cleaner: Astonish

Bio-mex appears to be no better than
some products and is actually worse than others.

My overall winner,
Astonish, is a snip at 2 as well as being environmentally friendly.